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Narrative:In the desert when you take off the aircraft is enveloped in a cloud of dust with no visual reference. The technique is to maintain the aircraft attitude while applying torque as necessary up to maximum until clear of the dust cloud. The pilot had applied the torque and was about above the the dirt with little or no airspeed when the engine failed. This altitude does not allow much reduction of the collective because of high rates of decent. The pilot did the best he could with the rotor he had remaining and touched down tail low allowing the tailboom, then the aft fuselage and landing gear to help dissipate the downward g-force. That is what saved them. The ripping up of the rest of the body occurred because the aircraft bounced up and spun around. The main injury happend because the right seat shoulder seat belt (recoil harness) failed and the pilot ate the cyclic and right door post. Broken jaw and teeth.
Bell UH-1H Iroquois
|C/n / msn:|| 9359|
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|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Phase:|| Take off|
confirmed by the pilot, the correct serial number of UH-1H which crashed is 67-17161
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